THE pens filled to capacity with 614 cattle and 3,509 sheep on offer. Buyers out in force with new faces in several departments and useful prices secured for all categories of stock.
Another excellent turnout of 322 store cattle with trade particularly brisk and sure signs that many farmers have finished their autumn field work and are now seeking to fill their cattle sheds.
Steers reached £1,360 but average a cracking £869 showing not only the strength of demand, but the quality of stock on offer at Bakewell.
Heifers sold up to £1,045 to average £731 for a very varied sample.
OTM numbers back a bit at 106p with trade a shade easier, but still examples at 176p and £1,256 per head.
More finished cattle on offer with 118 in total.
Trade upbeat with the best to 240p and top gross £1,759.
Not so many calves about relatively few Continental crosses with bulls to £392 and heifers £292.
It was however, the sheep department that attracted the big numbers with 2,355 lambs selling to 198p & £96.53 per head. The overall average up 6p to 167p despite considerable numbers of hill bred lambs in the entry.
A massive entry of 1,154 cull sheep maintained a solid trade right to the last pen, ewes reached £127 and rams £141 and the ewe average at £61.18 up over £5 on the week indicates a good performance.
106 BARREN & OTM CATTLE – overall average 116.5p (Auctioneer Oliver Hiles)
Less cows about as the general trade is a little less and the buyers complaining that the export trade is slow. Cows today very similar to last week with all buyers operating. Top today was a superb 176p for a young Simmental from T Stafford & Son, Ballidon who had another at 167p. 2 big Charollais from Boden & Davies sold at 159p (£1,256) and 155p (£1,255). Once again today there were a good deal of feeding cows about with buyers for all at competitive prices.
61 Black and White and Ex Dairy cows average 107.5p
A lively trade with the best cows around 130p, fed Holsteins sold between 118-125p with leaner cows 105-115p. Very plain cows today 90-100p and only very lean cows less.
The top Cows read as follows: 176p 656kg Sim T Stafford & Son, Ballidon; 167p 622kg Sim T Stafford & Son, Ballidon; 159p 790kg Char Boden & Davies LTD, Stockport; 155p 810kg Char Boden & Davies LTD, Stockport; 153p 550g AA D Rogers, Buxworth; 150p 648kg Char R Moseley & Son, Elton; 147p 622kg Lim Thorp Farms LTD, Baslow; 145p 582kg Fries EA Cooper & Sons, Taddington; 144p 530kg AA D Rogers, Buxworth; 140p 630kg Char R Moseley & Son, Elton
The gross figures are: £1,256.10 790kg Char Boden & Davies LTD, Stockport; £1,255.50 810kg Char Boden & Davies LTD, Stockport; £1,154.56 656kg Sim T Stafford & Son, Ballidon; £1,057.28 826kg Holst JE Seals & Son, Shirland; £1,038.74 622kg Sim T Stafford & Son, Ballidon; £1,031.80 770kg Lim JW Bassett, Hartington; £1,031.68 832kg Here S & J Beardow, Alton; £1,020.00 816kg Holst KI & EL Matkin, Belper; £1,003.20 760kg Here DA Bott, Kniveton
6 OTM Steers – average 150p – All Holsteins
167p or £1,072 for a Holst from JG & JM Belfield, Sheen
2 OTM Bulls – average 126.9p
137p or £1,216 for a Sim from R & S Salisbury, Abney; 117p or £1,057 for a Here from M Kelsey, Shottle
118 FINISHED CATTLE – overall average 192.4p (Auctioneer Oliver Hiles)
A few more about and a very similar average to last week although the trade felt definitely sharper.
54 Young Bulls –overall average 187.1p
Once again a remarkable trade with 8 individuals competing for the offering – competition at its best! Best bulls easy to place again with 236p the top call for Brenda Harrop, Alport with a special Blue x and Charles Mycock in second at 228p (£1,413). A big Blue from Mark Hambleton sold at £1,759) 225p with bulls from Chatsworth at £1,650 and £1,485. 5 Herefords today sold to 198p for Craig Wint, Alton.
25 Black and White Bulls sold to 185p for a Friesian type from Messrs Lomas, Griffe to average 166p with a couple of very lean types in the offering at 119p and 128p.
The top Bulls sold as follows: 236p 590kg Brit Blue x K Harrop, Alport; 228p 620kg Blonde x CE Mycock, Flagg; 227p 496kg Char K Harrop, Alport; 225p 782kg Brit Blue x M Hambleton, Alstonefield; 218p 578kg Brit Blue x K Harrop, Alport; 218p 614kg Brit Blue x K Harrop, Alport; 217p 526kg Brit Blue x JG & JM Belfield, Sheen; 216p 764kg Lim Chatsworth Settlement, Bakewell; 211p 530kg Brit Blue x A Merryman, Dronfield
and gross prices: £1,759.50 782kg Brit Blue x M Hambleton, Alstonefield; £1,650.24 764kg Lim Chatsworth Settlement, Bakewell; £1,620.06 806kg Blonde x MT Sweetmore, Earl Sterndale; £1,485.90 762kg Lim Chatsworth Settlement, Bakewell; £1,403.60 620kg Blonde x CE Mycock, Flagg; £1,401.84 708kg Brit Blue x WE Turnock & Sons, Onecote; £1,392.40 590kg Brit Blue x K Harrop, Alport; £1,338.52 614kg Brit Blue x K Harrop, Alport; £1,272.00 636kg Char K Harrop, Alport; £1,266.54 606kg Lim JG & JM Belfield, Sheen
29 Steers – overall average 197.3p
20 Continentals; 6 Angus and 3 Black and White with a good selection of cattle and buyers and a top of 235p for a butchers bullock from Messrs Mycock, Friden and 234p for John & Christine Eley.
Top gross today a superb £1,555 for Don Lownds, Reapsmoor (221p). Black and Whites sold to 184p and Angus to 193p – Not F/A.
The top Steers sold as follows: 235p 490kg Lim CPR & JM Mycock, Friden; 234p 584kg Lim JMW & CM Eley, Youlgreave; 228p 634kg Brit Blue x J Betts, Morton; 223p 600kg Blonde x JMW & CM Eley, Youlgreave; 223p 616kg Sim JMW & CM Eley, Youlgreave; 221p 704kg Lim D Lownds, Reapsmoor; 220p 672kg Sim BD & JH Ponsonby, Tideswell Moor; 218p 666kg Lim J Betts, Morton; 216p 402kg Lim CPR & JM Mycock, Friden; 215p 634kg Lim WI Fletcher, Sheldon
And Gross prices: £1,555.84 704kg Lim D Lownds, Reapsmoor; £1,485.16 694kg Sim BD & JH Ponsonby, Tideswell Moor; £1,478.40 672kg Sim BD & JH Ponsonby, Tideswell Moor; £1,451.88 666kg Lim J Betts, Morton; £1,445.52 634kg Brit Blue x J Betts, Morton; £1,411.20 720kg Brit Blue x OM Palfreyman, Monyash; £1,373.68 616kg Sim JMW & CM Eley, Youlgreave; £1,366.56 584kg Lim JMW & CM Eley, Youlgreave; £1,363.10 634kg Lim WI Fletcher, Sheldon; £1,357.02 718kg Lim OM Palfreyman, Monyash
38 Heifers – overall average 195.7p
The same number and average as last week with the top of the day at 240p (£1,204) for Sue Jeffery selling to Mick Lilly for CH Spencer & Son Butchers from Mapperley Plains. Second top at 238p (£1,351) was GW Smith & Son, Aldwark with a Limousin. Angus, Hereford, Galloway and Holstein heifers all in the average today, none of which did anything to enhance the averages.
The top Heifers sold as follows: 240p 502kg Blonde x C & D Jeffery, Pilsley; 238p 568kg Lim GW Smith & Son, Aldwark; 236p 464kg Blonde x J Watson, Brackenfield; 221p 540kg Lim GA & CJ Mellor, Admaston; 220p 482kg Lim CJ Ward, Sheffield; 218p 536kg Brit Blue x J Watson, Brackenfield; 217p 574kg Char Boden & Davies LTD, Stockport; 216p 614kg Blonde x C & D Jeffery, Pilsley; 216p 574kg Lim T Neville, Tansley; 215p 578kg Char JMW & CM Eley, Youlgreave
Top gross figures: £1,351.84 568kg Lim GW Smith & Son, Aldwark; £1,326.24 614kg Blonde x C & D Jeffery, Pilsley; £1,316.00 658kg Sim JW & M Rose & Sons, Norton; £1,264.52 626kg Sim JW & M Rose & Sons, Norton; £1,245.58 574kg Char Boden & Davies LTD, Stockport; £1,242.70 578kg Char JMW & CM Eley, Youlgreave; £1,239.84 574kg Lim T Neville, Tansley; £1,206.68 622kg Char JW Handford & Sons, Birchvale; £1,204.80 502kg Blonde x C & D Jeffery, Pilsley; £1,193.40 540kg Lim GA & CJ Mellor, Admaston
312 STORE CATTLE - (Auctioneer Alastair Sneddon)
Another decent entry of 312 store cattle sold on a rip roaring trade with several fresh buyers at the ring side and a distinct upbeat feel to the business.
Some useful suckler bred cattle starting to appear commanding top prices together with a number of strong bunches of black and white steers which met very fierce bidding.
As usual Hereford and Angus crosses were hard fought over.
10 Feeding Bulls
A dismal number which can have nothing to do with recent prices or lack of demand.
Those present enjoyed excellent figures with
Typical examples as follows: £760 BR x 15m M Elliott, Dronfield; £670 BR x 8m J & A Smith, Ible; £595 Sim x 8m J & A Smith, Ible; £520 Devon 5m J & J Pearson, Brackenfield
Very strong interest for all types. Some useful bunches attracting very keen bidding.
Sample results: £1,045 BR x 20m K Pettitt, Werrington; £1,035 Lim x 26m Wheeldon Farms, Buxton; £1,020 Blonde x 16m DW Shirt, Edale; £995 AA x 23-24m JG Mellor, Ashwood Dale; £975 BR x 24-26m FG Carnwell, Kingsley; £965 Lim x 17m D & A Dickinson, Bradbourne; £960 Lim x 16-24m D & SE Edge, Pikehall; £960 Sim x 22m T Stafford, Ballidon; £950 Lim x 15-27m K Haynes Farms, Whatstandwell; £945 BR x 18m RJ Goddard, Chinley; £945 Lim x 17m P Dickinson, Bradbourne; £940 Lim x 12-16m D & SE Edge, Pikehall; £940 Sim x 20-21m JW & RG Ede, Youlgreave; £910 Brown Swiss x 29m AD Thompson, Peak Forest; £885 BR x 22m DF Chadfield, Darley Moor; £860 Lim x 16m DJ Boulton & Son, The Blythe; £860 BR x 20m CJE Parr Partners, Tissington; £850 Lim x 22m D Gould, Waterhouses; £810 Sim x 19-21m VH Mellor, Chelmorton; £725 BR x 10m IC Hulme, Cowlow; £620 Lim x 10m JI Shimwell, Elton; £535 Here x 14m SR Hinchley, Ashover; £500 Here x 12-13m FJ Wragg, Brackenfield
Trade definitely on the up with some superb results. Customers present for all classes of cattle whether in bunches or individually.
Sample prices: £1,360 BR x 21m K Pettitt, Werrington; £1,310 BR x 21m JG Mellor, Ashwood Dale; £1,270 Lim x 26m Wheeldon Farms, Topley; £1,260 Sim x 19-20m E Garratt, Barton Green; £1,220 Char x 19m TW & EJ Gratton, King Sterndale; £1,200 Lim x 19m TW & EJ Gratton, King Sterndale; £1,190 AA x 24m JG Mellor, Ashwood Dale; £1,180 Lim x 18m SJ Chadfield, Darley Moor; £1,130 Char x 16m CS Edge, Ballidon; £1,125 Blonde x 16-18m DW Shirt, Edale; £1,120 Blonde x 16m G & R Gould, Elton; £995 Here x 23m RT Hall, Litton; £990 Here 27m R Bowler, Wirksworth; £985 BR x 16-17m RJ Goddard, Chinley; £980 Fries 27m GA & R Spencer, Winster; £965 Lim x 17m D & A Dickinson, Brackenfield; £960 Lim x 18m A Hemmingway, Grenoside; £900 Char x 15m RJ Forrester, Church Broughton; £900 Holst 22-23m GA & R Spencer, Winster; £880 Sim 14-17m VH Mellor, Chelmorton; £870 Char x 9m JP & D Helliwell, Oughtibridge; £860 AA 17m Hornsby & Round, Beeley; £840 Lim x 19m A & A Riddle, Ecclesfield;
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£820 Fries 22-26m J & J Walton, Tideswell; £815 BR 13m J Dart, Combs; £760 Holst 22-26m FG Carnwell, Kingsley; £750 BR x 14-19m RS Torr, Tissington; £750 Sim x 14m T Stafford, Ballidon; £745 Devon 11m JW & J Pearson, Brackenfield; £655 BR x 7m JG & AW Smith, Ible; £620 Holst 20-23m AG Ward, Stanton
£1,245 Lim x Cow, 57m, I/C to Lim A Sayer, Hilderstone; £975 Sim x Hfr, 29mths & Hfr Calf G &D Shuker, Whaley Bridge; £1,220 Here Stock Bull, 30mths D Heathcote, Walsall
68 CALVES (Auctioneer Ben Furnival)
A day for the black and whites. 60% of the calves were dairy breeds which reflects the quality on offer. Killers again on the floor with some larger types around the £25 mark with the smaller sorts £5 - £20 region.
Any style still sold well, a lovely Blue bull from Mr S Potter topped the tree to £392 (26 days). Heifers sold to £292 for a suckler bred Hereford from Mr Buxton, Sudbury.
5 Here 159.60 222.00 ED Ironmonger & Son, Bonsall; 12 Fries 50.58 125.00 L Webster & Co, Tissington; 2 AA 107.50 155.00 JR & JA Marsden, Hathersage; 1 Jersey 6.00 6.00 C Hornsby & J Round, Beeley; 1 Sim 188.00 188.00 AD Thompson, Peak Forest; 23 Holst 24.74 138.00 W & WG Halford, Wingerworth; 1 B Swiss 90.00 90.00 G & D Shuker & Sons, Whaley Bridge; 1 Mont 46.00 46.00 GK & E Robinson, Wheston; 8 Brit Blue x 200.38 392.00 SG Potter, Bonsall
1 Here 292.00 292.00 SE Buxton, Sudbury; 2 AA 71.50 98.00 J & JW Furness, Baslow; 3 Lim 175.33 220.00 W Bradbury, High Needham; 2 Sim 156.00 190.00 AD Thompson, Peak Forest; 1 Holst 12.00 12.00 A & DJ Gregory, Litton; 5 Brit Blue x 148.00 218.00 SG Potter, Bonsall; 3,509 SHEEP including 2,355 Lambs & 1,154
Ewes and Rams (Auctioneers Mark Elliott & Peter Oven)
An outstanding entry of 3,509 sheep forward for the pre festival market, included 2,355 lambs. Trade up 5p/kg on last week with best meated sorts selling in the 190-198p/kg bracket with the top 10 pens averaging 192.2p/kg and overall market average of 168.02p/kg which included several runs of Mules and Swales. Best heavy lambs grossed £96.53.
Lamb Leading prices
29.0kg 174p/kg M Wynne, Midhopestones; 35.1kg 178p/kg M Wynne, Midhopestones; 35.6kg 179p/kg F Gee, Bottomhouse; 37.1kg 198p/kg RM Brown, Bradwell; 37.9kg 193p/kg N Beswick, Buxton; 39.0kg 185p/kg N & S Pearson, Peak Forest; 39.3kg 197p/kg N & S Pearson, Peak Forest; 40.0kg 188p/kg R & S Salisbury, Abney; 41.3kg 191p/kg M Wright, Hartington; 41.7kg 190p/kg D Batterbee, Sparrow Pit; 43.2kg 189p/kg G & M Limer, Priestcliffe; 45.8kg 175p/kg JW Walker & Son, Tideswell; 45.7kg 190p/kg D Fotherby & Son, Wormhill; 48.0kg 175p/kg D Fotherby & Son, Wormhill; 49.2kg 196p/kg M Hambleton, Alstonefield; 50.1kg 171p/kg M Hambleton, Alstonefield; 55.0kg 157p/kg R Swift & Son, Little Onn; Shearlings to 123p/kg. Average 117.5p/kg.
15 – 25.4kg to 165p/kg Average 165p/kg; 25.5kg – 32kg to 174p/kg Average 159.49p/kg; 32.1kg -39kg to 198p/kg Average 168.15p/kg; 39.1kg - 45.5kg to 197p/kg Average 168.72p/kg; 45.6kg – 52kg to 196p/kg Average 162.65p/kg
1154 Cull Ewes and Rams
An outstanding number forward but the trade good from start to finish and all categories very good to sell in the run up to the next festival.
Top call £127/head for some good long Texels from Mark Hambleton at Alstonefield. The top 10 pens averaged a massive £116.80 per head and were virtually all Texels.
Strong well meated sorts in every category very fast with Mules from Chatsworth up to a fantastic £86 and best horned ewes over £54/head.
Generally meated Mules with strong frame £68 plus.
The rams saw spirited bidding with the best Continentals over 3120 to a top of £141.
Small goats to £45/head.
Ram Sale at Bakewell – Saturday, October 5
WITH 700 rams catalogued for the Bakewell Ram Fair buyers were out in force ensuring an excellent result.
The sale was preceded by the show kindly judged by Mr James Burton of Ilam near Ashbourne.
Suffolk Ram Lamb
1st G Biddulph, Gawsworth
2nd S Buckley, Doveholes
3rd M Prince, Stonedge
Suffolk Shearling Ram
1st CD Timm, Appleton
2nd S Mellor, Cellarhead
3rd TJ & MR Gould, Sheen
Texel Ram Lamb
1st MD Furness, Wormhill
2nd P Furness, Tideswell
3rd H Fletcher, Peak Forest
Charollais Ram Lamb
1st G Biddulph, Gawsworth
2nd G Biddulph, Gawsworth
3rd Madders & Johnson, Stafford
Charollais Shearling Ram
1st RD & SR Furness, Wheston
2nd CD Timm, Appleton
3rd CD Timm, Appleton
Champion – Texel Shearling – MD Furness
Several conclusions can be drawn from the results of the sale, not least the quality of sheep on offer, which improves year on year. We now have breeders in the area producing just what the purchasers want and this is indicated in the results.
It is also clear that quality sells and purchasers are becoming ever more discerning and seeking to buy the best they can afford.
As far as breed popularity is concerned Texels are current favourite with plenty of interest in the best Charollais.
Suffolks were harder work although there is still a hardcore of demand for the top examples.
It is interesting to note that in comparison with last year the Ram Lambs averaged £257 (up £10) and shearlings averaged £356, up £51 on the year.
Top prices and averages:
39 Texel Ram Lambs averaged £239; Top 5 £550 R Cartledge, Doveholes; £440 R Cartledge, Doveholes; £380 R Cartledge, Doveholes; £360 R Cartledge, Doveholes; £310 R Cartledge, Doveholes; 184 Texel Shearlings averaged £415; Top 5 £900 L Hadfield & Sons, Peak Forest; £860 P Furness, Wheston; £860 MD Furness, Wormhill; £850 R Cartledge, Doveholes; £730 MD Furness, Wormhill
40 Charollais Ram Lambs average £298
Top 5 £440 J Davies, Biddulph Moor; £420 J Davies, Biddulph Moor; £420 G Biddulph, Gawsworth; £380 G Biddulph, Gawsworth; £380 G Biddulph, Gawsworth;
52 Charollais Shearlings average £383
Top 5 £770 RD & SR Furness, Wheston; £760 MM & ML Rushbrooke, Bewdley; £700 RD & SR Furness, Wheston; £660 RD & SR Furness, Wheston; £620 MM & ML Rushbrooke, Bewdley
51 Suffolk Ram Lambs average £271
Top 5 £660 G Biddulph, Gawsworth; £430 G Biddulph, Gawsworth; £400 JM Robinson, Grindley; £400 JM Robinson, Grindley; £400 G Biddulph, Gawsworth; 53 Suffolk Shearlings average £308
Top 5 £540 TJ & MR Gould, Sheen; £500 CD Timm, Goole; £490 TJ & MR Gould, Sheen; £460 KR Thomas, Stone; £450 TJ & MR Gould, Sheen
Other results included: Lleyn Shearlings to £195; Dorset Shearlings to £300; Beltex Shearlings to £430, £420 and £320; Wiltshire Horn Shearlings to £165; BFL to £360, £340 and £300
Auctioneers - Bagshaws